Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Randall Jones Named NAPSLO's Education Director; NAPSLO Advanced School Renamed to Honor Retiring Education Coordinator

Randall D. Jones has assumed the position of Education Director for NAPSLO and is responsible for exploring and developing new educational programs along with the oversight of existing programs, including the highly successful NAPSLO schools.

"I am excited to join NAPSLO and work with our new surplus lines compliance course, which has been approved for CE credits in 48 states to date," said Mr. Jones.

Mr. Jones has assumed this role due to the retirement of Marcus Payne as the NAPSLO Education Coordinator. Mr. Payne was instrumental in establishing the outstanding reputation and success of the existing NAPSLO schools.

NAPSLO announced that the NAPSLO Advanced School, which takes place each fall in St. Louis, has been renamed the Marcus Payne NAPSLO Advanced School in honor of Mr. Payne, who retired this year as NAPSLO’s Education Coordinator. Mr. Payne was part of the E&S School since it was founded in 1990 and the Advanced School since it started in 1995. He served as an instructor and panelist and then, beginning in 2000, as Education Coordinator.

Mr. Jones began working with NAPSLO in 2010 as a planning facilitator to help the Education Committee in the drafting of a new strategic plan. Based upon member feedback, obtained during the planning process, Mr. Jones has been directing the development of several new educational offerings that will include the newly released on-line course for excess and surplus lines regulatory compliance.

“The NAPSLO schools are a great foundational source of education and unique peer networking experience for members in the industry and will continue to provide this significant benefit to NAPSLO members," said Mr. Jones. “We also want to explore additional alternative curriculum delivery and learning opportunities that supplement these excellent schools.”

NAPSLO currently offers the E&S School for individuals with two to five years experience in the surplus lines industry; the Advanced School for those with more than five years experience; and the Executive Leadership School for senior level employees. In addition NAPSLO works with Success CE to offer on line continuing education courses and has worked with the AAMGA and PLUS to make their educational programs and courses available to NAPSLO members.

Mr. Jones has been involved with NAPSLO’s educational efforts since 1995 when he was an instructor at the first NAPSLO Advanced School and has led reinsurance and alternative market courses each year since.

Prior to accepting the position he was providing strategic consulting and executive coaching for a select number of clients in the specialty insurance industry. He also serves as a director on several boards for privately held companies through Strategic Advisors Group LLC.

Mr. Jones has been in the insurance business for 35 years, including serving as President/CEO of Northland Insurance Companies and President/CEO of Maxum Indemnity. Mr. Jones has also served on the NAPSLO Board of Directors as a co-chair of the Education Committee, the NAPSLO Education Board of Trustees, the NAII Specialty Lines Committee and the Minnesota Insurance Federation of Executives.

He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Southern Illinois University and has completed the Wharton School Insurance Executive Program, among other insurance specific programs and is scheduled to graduate from Central Michigan University with a Master’s degree in Education, focusing on adult learning and curriculum.

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